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Expanded Grace College science center means new opportunities for K-12 students – WNDU

WINONA LAKE, Ind. (WNDU) – There is a new space for K-12 students to explore science at Grace College in Kosciusko County.

The college was able to add onto its science building to make more room for the Lilly Center for Lakes and Streams.

“The Lilly Center had a couple closets and a few offices, and now they have a beautiful space for them to be able to educate our community and do research on our local lakes,” said Dr. Drew Flamm, the vice president of advancement at Grace College.

The science building at Grace College is about 40 years old but was recently renovated with the addition of the Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex, granting more space to the Lilly Center.

“With the Dr. Dane A. Miller Science Complex, now, for the first time, we’re able to do a lot of our research in house here where we can analyze our samples here, in this building, for much faster analysis time, so we can act on that data much more quickly,” said Dr. Nate Bosch, the director of the Lilly Center for Lakes and Streams.

The center’s mission is to make area lakes and streams clean, safe and beautiful. They do that through research and educating the next generations.

A virtual aquarium at the facility is the first of its kind in the world for fresh-water lakes. Students color native fish and then watch them come to life on the screen.

Then, an interactive sand table shows them how water moves through the land, and they can even make it rain.

“STEM education is expanding, and we want to be a part of that,” Flamm said. “We want to be a part of that in our community, in our state, and to make a difference in STEM.”

The addition was made possible by Marie Louise Miller, Zimmer Biomet, the K21 Foundation, alumni and other community donors.

Along with the expanded Lilly Center, lab space was doubled in the building, and new majors are now able to be offered, such as chemistry.